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11-MAY-2006

IMG_9994-1000x750.jpg

Handsome Sunbird
(A Philippine endemic)

Scientific name - Aethopyga bella

Habitat - Thickets, forest edge and forest below 2000 m.

[20D + 500 f4 L IS + Canon 1.4x TC, on tripod]

Canon EOS 20D
1/160s f/5.6 at 700.0mm iso800 full exif

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skhin27-Jul-2007 10:07
The colors are so vivid and lighting superb.
romy ocon06-Dec-2006 01:56
This endemic micro-stunner, at a little over 3 inches in total length, is just about the smallest Philippine sunbird. It's rather not easy to find (this was only the second time I saw it in the field in 3 years of birding), and it's more active than an unstable particle of an atom breaking apart. Because of this, I was convinced that it's not possible to photograph this bird well..... until this capture materialized.

Looking at it closely on my monitor, I'm hypnotized by this creature's amazing beauty, all displayed in frame-filling splendor. The clean background, the detail of the tiny feathers and the vivid colors all make this pic one of my proudest shutter clicks to date. Now i know why it was named as such.
Vikas Malhotra18-Sep-2006 08:59
Simply fabulous; I know how flight sunbirds are but this one you have managed to capture in all its pristine glory. Hats off to you.

Cheers, Vikas.